Bridging the gap: Technology trends and use of technology in schools

Cher Ping LIM, Yong ZHAO, Jo TONDEUR, Ching Sing CHAI, Chin-Chung TSAI

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Considerable investment has been made to bring technology to schools and these investments have indeed resulted in many "success stories." However there are two significant gaps in educational uses of technology that must be addressed. The first is a usage gap. Compared to how and how much today's students use technology outside school, in-school technology usage is much less intensive and extensive. The second is an outcome gap. Compared with the outcomes achieved through investment in technology in sectors outside education, the gains in terms reduced costs and increased productivity achieved by schools is significantly smaller. This article discusses the causes of these two gaps and provides suggestions for bridging them by engaging in discussions about effective teaching and committing to technology planning. Copyright © 2013 International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
JournalEducational Technology & Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


Lim, C. P., Zhao, Y., Tondeur, J., Chai, C. S., & Tsai, C.-C. (2013). Bridging the gap: Technology trends and use of technology in schools. Educational Technology & Society, 16(2), 59-68.


  • Educational uses of technology
  • Usage gap
  • Outcome gap
  • Effective teaching
  • Technology planning


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